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The Berlin Wall - Lessons Learned V4.0


Published 2008


This is an all new, entirely redone extended version of my video "The Berlin Wall - Lessons Learned". It is a bit over 30 minutes in length and covers the history of the Iron Curtain from 1961 to its fall in November 1989.

Supplemental to this video is my blog post at my personal blog, titled "The Berlin Wall and the Walls between Us" from August, 2008 and my post about the updates from September, 2008.

This Video is dedicated to all victims of any Wall!

Good Resources about the German Wall in English Language on the Internet:

Mauer History at Berlin.de.

The exact number of deaths is unknown and vary depending on the source and over time. Here are some of the figures.

State Attorney of Berlin (Staatsanwaltschaft Berlin): 86/169
Inspector General of Berlin (Der Polizeipräsident von Berlin): at least 92
Central registration office Salzgitter (Zentrale Erfassungsstelle Salzgitter): 114

Central Auditing Agency for Government and Reunion deliquency (Zentrale Ermittlungsstelle für Regierungs- und Vereinigungskriminalität): 122
Work Group "13th August" (Arbeitsgemeinschaft 13. August): over 200
"Vicitims of the Wall" (Opfer der Mauer) by Werner Filmer and Heribert Schwan based on research at the Strausberg military archives: 216

The Museum at Checkpoint Charly (Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie) published 1,065 Border and Wall deaths

Breakdown with deaths before / after 13. August 1961

Killed at ther Berlin border (incl. Wall): 37 / 190
Killed at German/German border: 247 / 237
Killed/Died at Baltic Sea border: 17 / 164
Killed border guards: 18 / 19
other deaths (incl. off East German ground): 59 / 77

136 identified and verified deaths (as of 1. August 2008)
Source: The joint research project of the "Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer" (Berlin Wall Memorial) and "Zentrums für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam" (Center for time based Historic Research Potsdam)


1961

Siekmann, Ida
Litfin, Günter
Hoff, Roland
Urban, Rudolf
Segler, Olga
Lünser, Bernd
Düllick, Udo
Probst, Werner
Lehmann, Lothar
Wohlfahrt, Dieter
Krüger, Ingo
Feldhahn, Georg

1962

Schmiel, Dorit
Jercha, Heinz
Held, Philipp
Schmidtchen, Jürgen (Border Guard)
Böhme, Peter
Brueske, Klaus
Frank, Horst
Göring, Peter (Border Guard)
Haberlandt, Lutz
Hannemann, Axel
Glöde, Wolfgang
Kelm, Erna
Huhn, Reinhold (Border Guard)
Noffke, Siegfried
Fechter, Peter
Wesa, Hans-Dieter
Mundt, Ernst
Seling, Günter (Border Guard)
Walzer, Anton
Plischke, Horst
Reck, Ottfried
Wiedenhöft, Günter

1963

Räwel, Hans
Kutscher, Horst
Kreitlow, Peter
Muszynski, Wolf-Olaf
Mädler, Peter
Widera, Siegfried (Border Guard)
Schröter, Klaus
Schulz, Dietmar
Berger, Dieter
Schultz, Paul

1964

Hayn, Walter
Philipp, Adolf
Heike, Walter
Gneiser, Rainer
Wolscht, Norbert
Trabant, Hildegard
Mispelhorn, Wernhard
Schultz, Egon (Border Guard)
Wolf, Hans-Joachim
Mehr, Joachim

1965

Unknown (N.N.)
Buttkus, Christian
Krzemien, Ulrich
Hauptmann, Hans-Peter
Döbler, Hermann
Kratzel, Klaus
Garten, Klaus
Kittel, Walter
Cyrius, Heinz
Sokolowski, Heinz
Kühn, Erich
Schöneberger, Heinz

1966

Brandes, Dieter
Block, Willi
Schleusener, Lothar
Hartmann, Jörg
Marzahn, Willi
Schulze, Eberhard
Kollender, Michael
Stretz, Paul
Wroblewski, Eduard
Schmidt, Heinz
Senk, Andreas
Kube, Karl-Heinz

1967

Sahmland, Max Willi
Piesik, Franciszek

1968

Weckeiser, Elke
Weckeiser, Dieter
Mende, Herbert
Lehmann, Bernd
Krug, Siegfried
Körner, Horst
Henninger, Rolf (Border Guard)

1969

Lange, Johannes
Kluge, Klaus-Jürgen
Lis, Leo

1970

Wehhage, Eckhardt
Wehhage, Christel
Müller, Heinz
Born, Willi
Ehrlich, Friedhelm
Thiem, Gerald
Kliem, Helmut
Friese, Christian-Peter

1971

Kabelitz, Rolf-Dieter
Hoffmann, Wolfgang
Kühl, Werner
Beilig, Dieter

1972

Kullack, Horst
Weylandt, Manfred
Schulze, Klaus
Katranci, Cengaver

1973
H., Holger
Frommann, Volker
Einsiedel, Horst
Gertzki, Manfred
Krobot, Siegfried

1974
Niering, Burkhard
Sprenger, Johannes
Savoca, Guiseppe

1975
Halli, Herbert
Mert, Cetin
Kiebler, Herbert
Hennig, Lothar

1976

n/a

1977

Schwietzer, Dietmar
Weise, Henri

1978 and 1979

n/a

1980

Steinhauer, Ulrich (Border Guard)
Jirkowski, Marinetta

1981

Muschol, Dr. Johannes
Starrost, Hans-Jürgen
Taubmann, Thomas

1982

Freie, Lothar Fritz

1983

Proksch, Silvio

1984

Schmidt, Michael-Horst

1985

n/a

1986

Liebeke, Rainer
Gross, René
Mäder, Manfred
Bittner, Michael

1987

Schmidt, Lutz

1988

n/a

1989

Diederichs, Ingolf
Freudenberg, Winfried
Gueffroy, Chris


Run time 30:13 minutes
Producer Carsten Cumbrowski
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English
Contact Information Carsten Cumbrowski <a href="http://www.cumbrowski.com/contact">http://www.cumbrowski.com/contact</a>

Credits

Idea, Concept, Script and Editor:
Carsten Cumbrowski

Music Credits:
Samuel Barber: "Adagio for Strings",
Richard Strauss: "Also sprach Zarathustra",
Richard Addinsell: "Warsaw Concerto",
Carl Orff: "Carmina Burana, 1st mvt 'O Fortuna'",
Franz Schubert: "Serenade",
Georges Bizet: "Carmen Suite No. 1 & 2"

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